Los Angeles partner Steven Katz, who co-chairs Constangy’s appellate practice group, was quoted in the Oct.12 Law360 article “Three Non-Employment Cases Workplace Bias Attorneys Should Watch.”

The article discusses three cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in the new term that warrant the attention of employers and employment lawyers alike:

  • SFFA v. President & Fellows of Harvard College.
  • SFFA v. the University of North Carolina.
  • 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis.

According to the article, “a related duo of affirmative action cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina could determine how race is considered in college admissions. A third case asks the high court to consider whether religious business owners can turn down wedding-related services to same-sex couples.”

Even if the three cases do not directly alter the case law pertaining to employment, the article suggests that they will likely indicate the court’s future direction on broader issues related to affirmative action.

Katz said these are the big potential discrimination cases that could wind up having implications in the employment arena.  He said the affirmative action cases, in particular, represent “probably the biggest potential bomb that’ll turn this into a not-so-quiet term for [the] employment community.”

Katz has been a California-certified appellate specialist for two decades, handling appeal and writ proceedings for parties and amici before all levels of appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. and California Supreme Courts and half the federal circuits.

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